Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Tech - iPhone

Apple Inc (Previously called Apple Computer Inc) yesterday announced the launch of its latest product, the iPhone. Apple touts the iPhone as a combo of iPod, Phone and Internet communicator.

You can watch Steve Job's Iphone introduction here: (Please watch... its very interesting)

Tech Specs:

  • Screen Size: 3.5inches
  • Resolution: 320 x 480 @160ppi
  • Input method: Multi Touch
  • Operating System OS X
  • Storage: 4GB or 8GB
  • GSM: Quad band (Mhz:850, 900, 1800, 1900)
  • Wireless Data: Wi-Fi (802.11g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
  • Camera: 2 Mega pixels
  • Battery: Up to 5 hours talk / video / browsing
  • Up to 16 hours Audio playback
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches / 115 x 61 x 11.6mm
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces / 135 grams

Apple has also partnered Google to include Google Maps, Yahoo to provide push mail service for all iPhone users. The sole distributor for the iPhone in the US will be Cingular and will be avaiable in the US from June 2007, Europe 4th quarter 2007 and Asia 2008 (sigh!)

Things that I like:

Wide screen

Wi Fi

The things that I am concerned with are as follows:

Will OS X be compatible with Windows?

There does not seem to be expansion slot

The battery is not removable

Till I have more information..... and also see what others have to say as well

Try this post in Treonauts, which compares the Treo 680 with the iPhone.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Social - Combating Internet Child Pornography

We have all seen the commercial on television which has children of various nationalities talking about internet child pornography. The last scene features a Caucasian girl and she says "We don't need your money, we just need your support." This commercial is an awareness campaign "Light a Million Candles" by a group of Singapore volunteers to encourage public action to combat child pornography on the Internet. This campaign is in support of the recently launched Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography (Coalition), which is being spearheaded by the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

The rise of the Internet has made the world a smaller place and it has made transactions more opaque, with online credit card payments. This has created instant access to child pornography, which is a billion dollar commercial enterprise. At the same time, the victims are getting younger and the images are progressively more graphic and more violent.

From the ICMEC website:

To eliminate commercial child pornography, we must stop the flow of money. To do that, we need the involvement of the world’s leaders in the financial and Internet industries, as well as governments, law-enforcement agencies, and the public at large.

The Light a Million Candles campaign is comprised of a 60-second public-service announcement, print advertisements, a viral email, and a web site. We ask that you please visit, and offer your support by lighting a virtual candle and challenging the world’s governments, law-enforcement agencies, financial institutions, Internet Service Providers, and payment associations to work together to tackle this problem. The goal is to collect one million pledges by the end of 2006.

We encourage you to visit the web site, view the public-service announcement, light a candle, and raise awareness of the global epidemic of child pornography."

I have lighted my candle and hope that you can light yours too.